Pastor’s Reflection for May 17, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

On Friday, May 15th,  twenty-nine of our young adults received the Sacrament of Confirmation. This was their personal Pentecost as they received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit was given to empower them to be disciples of Jesus in faithfully walking in His ways and to spread the Good News of Jesus. As we read in the Acts of the Apostles, the first disciples were gun shy and fearful until they received the Holy Spirit. Our students are now given the same power to go out and speak and live the good news of Jesus. They are living in a Holy Spirit Peace to You quote clip artworld that is hostile to the Christian faith. We  need only to look at some of the laws of our country that legalize immorality to see this. It will not be easy for them to speak the truth as taught by Jesus. They are to bring the light of Jesus into their relationships and social settings. The celebration of this sacrament challenges us. Are we living as faithful disciples of Jesus we who have been empowered by the Holy Spirit? Are we good examples to those who now are joining us as confirmed Christians? Jesus is the conqueror of sin and death and He calls us to continue His work of preaching, teaching, and healing. Next Sunday, we will celebrate Pentecost. May all of us pray this week that we receive a fresh outpouring of His Spirit to be faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I wish to inform the community that our youth director and her husband, Julie and Jesús Vazquez, will be leaving our community to be lay missionaries in the Caribbean. They are responding to what they feel is the Lord’s calling upon their lives. I wish to thank them for the contributions that they have made to our youth ministry program. They have been a good witness to our youth of the Christian life, in loving God and caring for the needs of the poor. They have made an impact in the lives of many of our young people. They will be missed and we pray that the Lord’s blessing be upon them in their future endeavors.

I will be available for confession this week on Monday, May 18, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,